Oregon House Bill 2082
As of January 2008, House Bill 2082 was approved by the legislature and the courts. The bill is designed to lessen initiative fraud. It places much harsher restrictions on the initiative process. Some of the changes for signature collection include:
- If you have been convicted of a crime with the last five years you may not take a job being paid to collect signatures.
- Paid signature gatherers must register with the secretary of state and undergo a brief training.
- Require that signers themselves fill in personal information, rather than allowing signature gatherers to do so
- Ensure all voter signatures are counted by allowing voters from around the state to sign on the same petition sheet, rather than on county-by-county sheets, a practice that frequently causes mistakes.
- Ensure campaigns are complying with a ban on payment-per-signature collections by requiring wage records to be kept and given to state officials if requested.
- Stop ballot title shopping, the practice of filing multiple versions of a measure in order to pick the best ballot title result, a costly process for state lawyers. It will take 1,000 signatures rather than 25 before an initiative petition gets a ballot title.
- Allows electronic circulation of petitions by allowing initiative supporters to download a specialized form, sign it, and send it in to be counted as a signature.
Though one lawsuit has already failed in court, another one is currently challenging the courts legality based on the Supreme Courts decision in previous cases declaring it unconstitutional to require paid circulators to wear badges.
- Oregon Initiative and Referendum Law
- 2007 changes in laws governing Direct democracy measures
- Laws governing petition circulators